Rigaree, noun


Rigaree is a type of ornamentation on glass, consisting of a raised, narrow pattern of applied bands, usually made by crimping applied trails The end result is the look of parallel ribs. Early wine decanters and other glass vessels often exhibited rigaree ornamentation. The origin of the word is unclear. It first appeared around the 1920s, and is thought to maybe be derived from the Italian word “rigare,” which means to draw a line, to scratch or score. But that’s conjecture. What’s certain is, the rigaree effect is an appealing one that collectors are drawn to.

The item pictured here is a Victorian four-lily art glass epergne with three hanging baskets. It is Vaseline opalescent, with clear applied rigaree. It’s also lot #407 in Woody Auction’s September 9th Part 1 sale of the lifetime art glass and antique items collection of Fred and the late Maxine Zumthurn of California. The auction will feature brides baskets, pickle castors, napkin rings, R. S. Prussia, inkwells, Wave Crest, cut glass and more -- nearly 450 lots in all, online and at Woody Auction’s gallery in Douglass, Kansas, starting at 9:30 am Central time.